Welcome to SportsAid Scotland
SportsAid Scotland changed its name from Scottish Sports Aid at the start of 2014. It is a charity that provides financial assistance in the form of grant awards to talented sporting youngsters in the 12 to 22 year age range and to disability athletes to age 45 who are already competing at national level in their age group and have the potential to represent Scotland at senior level. The finance given is to help the athletes with their travel and training costs, and will hopefully assist them in becoming Scotland's future sporting stars.
If you are an athlete and wish to know more about how to apply for a SportsAid Scotland grant, then please refer to our nomination process.
Should you wish to make a donation, please either contact us directly to discuss or visit donations on the left-hand side of page.
Healthy Living Strategy
Scottish Conservative Health Education spokesman and former GB athlete Brian Whittle has outlined his party's Healthy Living Strategy, underlining the
big part sport plays in the health of the nation.
The consultation paper namechecks SportsAid Scotland and urges much greater central investment in sport.
"There are those of course who cannot access the higher echelons of sport purely for financial reasons," it outlines.
"Organisations like SportsAid Scotland are set up to give out grants for such young sports men and women to ensure that they do not miss out because of their circumstance.
"According to SportsAid Scotland, they are funded purely by donations whereas SportsAid England is government supported and has the capability of many more interventions of this nature.
"The Scottish Government must ensure that all elite Scottish sport is properly funded with the support network surrounding performance embedded."
The paper goes on to state: "It is the responsibility of government to create an environment where opportunity exists for everyone, irrespective of background or personal circumstance.
"Furthermore, it must ensure that all are aware of these opportunities and have the knowledge, confidence, capability and aspiration to make these choices."
Ronnie's Grand Effort
Our remarkable chairman Ronnie Sloan has completed the 100-Mile Challenge by running the Water of Leith half-marathon and raising over £1,400 for the charity. An amazing achievement!
Time is running out to complete the challenge before the end of the year but those who have logged 100 miles in 2016 include Simon Woodward, who cycled 100 miles, Sophie and Rebecca Ogilvie, who managed it in their canoes, Sheila Williamson and Mike Cadman, who scaled the heights, 87 year-old Cameron Mackenzie, who walked the distance and raised over £1,000, and Marino Mega, who completed over 100 miles playing football!
Silver Service For Cameron and Georgia
Athlete Cameron Tindle and squash player Georgia Adderley captured the silverware at the SportsAid Scotland 2016 Merit Awards night in Edinburgh.
Cameron, who reached the World Junior Championship 200m final earlier this year, won the Young Athlete of the Year and Georgia, ranked number two in Europe at Under-17 level, won the Miquel Trophy for best developing talent.
SportsAid Scotland founder Professor Raymond Miquel CBE was in attendance to present Georgia with her trophy.
Three other athletes also received awards on the night - Stephen Clegg (swimming), who competed in the Paralympics in Rio, Sophie Ogilvie (canoe slalom), who reached the finals of both the European and World Junior Championships, and Alex Rankin (rowing), who narrowly missed out on a medal at the World Junior Championships.
GB canoe girls complete 100-Mile Challenge
Twin sisters Sophie and Rebecca Ogilvie have completed the 100-Mile Challenge to boost SportsAid Scotland funds - by canoe.
It was fitting that they put in their final miles in a weekend of paddling in Scotland, on the River Devon at Alva and River Tay at Grandtully, after months of action-packed travel. Over the
months of their challenge they have clocked up miles across Europe and the UK.
Rebecca was out volunteering for her club coaching youngsters in St Pierre & Bourg St Maurice, France and Sophie was in Krakow and Solkan in Slovenia putting the miles in while competing for GB in the Junior World and European Championships.
They both paddled in Bratislava on the River Danube in October. In the UK they have travelled as far as Bala in North Wales, Nottingham, London and closer to home on the canal at Bonnybridge and Pinkston in Glasgow, paddling towards their goal of 100 miles.
There's still time to complete the challenge by December 31, 2016. Follow the link for details: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/scottishsportsaid/challenge100
Firhill For Thrills
The Robertson Trust, SportsAid Scotland's principal sponsor, hosted the bi-annual Sports Lunch at Firhill Stadium in Glasgow which was attended by some of Scotland's most talented young athletes, who received bursary awards in 2016.
Rio 2016 Olympians Jen McIntosh (shooting) and Derek Hawkins (athletics) gave candid and inspiring talks about what it takes to be an Olympic athlete and passed on advice for those aspiring to follow in their footsteps.
Both gave fascinating insights into sport at the highest level and what it takes to compete alongside the best in the world.
The Robertson Trust has donated over £1 million to SportsAid Scotland since 1997, with 159 young sportsmen and women across 31 sports benefitting from the bursaries, including 12 awards to disability sport athletes, in 2016.
"We greatly appreciate the invaluable support from The Robertson Trust which enables us to support the most talented athletes in Scotland. It is a valued partnership that has thrived in recent years and long may it continue," said Roddy Mackenzie, chief executive of SportsAid Scotland.
"For the vast majority of the young athletes, the bursary they receive is the first recognition of their talent outwith their family and immediate support team and gives them the opportunity to reach their potential."
Scots Make Rio Grand
SportsAid Scotland athletes were well represented in Team GB at the Rio Paralympics.
Eighty per cent of the Scots involved in Brazil were supported by the charity in recent years - with the help of our current sponsors The Robertson Trust, The Moffat Trust, The David Stevenson Trust and SSE and previous supporters Asda and Bank of Scotland.
The number included Dunbar athlete Maria Lyle, our Junior Sportsperson of the Year in 2014, who is pictured below receiving her award from SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan.
Over 70 per cent of the Scots involved in the highly successful Team GB at the Olympics in Rio received support through SportsAid Scotland in the past and it shows the investment is paying off in spectacular fashion.
Scottish athletes supported through SportsAid Scotland at 2016 Paralympics in Rio: Archery: Nathan Macqueen; Athletics: Derek Rae, Maria Lyle, Samantha Kinghorn; Boccia: Jamie McCowan, Scott McCowan, Joshua Rowe, Kieran Steer, Patrick Wilson; Cycling: Hannah Dines, Neil Fachie, Craig MacLean; Football Sevens: Jonathan Paterson, David Porcher; Swimming: Stephen Clegg, Andrew Mullen, Scott Quin; Triathlon: Alison Patrick; Wheelchair Basketball: Robyn Love; Wheelchair Rugby: Mike Kerr; Wheelchair Tennis: Gordon Reid.
[Thanks to Scottish Disability Sport for supplying pics of Scott Quin and Nathan Macqueen.]
Boots 'n' Blisters
Hats (and boots!) off to Mike Cadman and Sheila Williamson who, after scaling the heights of Mount Toubkal in Morocco, walked the final 50 miles of the West Highland Way as part
of the 100-Mile Challenge.
SportsAid Scotland chief executive Roddy Mackenzie joined them on the final leg and ensured they arrived safely at Fort William.
There's plenty of time to get involved with the challenge - completing 100 miles by December 31 either by walking, running, cycling, skiing, or whatever way you fancy, and raise £100 for SportsAid Scotland. Scroll down for details.
It's the Rio Thing
Thirty-four of the 47 Scots taking part in the Games - 72.34 per cent - have received financial support and recognition through the charity and its funding partners.
Included in the list are marathon brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins - Callum was supported through main sponsors The Robertson Trust in 2015 and Derek by the Robertson Trust in 2011 and 2012.
In 2016, the charity awarded almost £200,000 to 250 athletes from 36 different sports thanks to generous backing from The Robertson Trust, The Moffat Trust, The David Stevenson Trust and SSE.
Among those supported in the past is Britain's greatest Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, who was given a grant of £100 to buy a BMX bike when he was a 12 year-old in Edinburgh.
"I am very grateful to SportsAid Scotland - the Scottish Sports Aid Trust - for giving me some initial funding towards my BMX racing when I was a 12 year old in Edinburgh. It may only have been £100 but it was a rubber stamp of approval and great to have their support," he acknowledged.
"Recognition as an athlete of promise is very important and gives young athletes the inspiration to pursue their sporting dreams and fulfil their potential. As a 12 year old bike rider, I had no idea what the future held for me but receiving a SportsAid grant at an early age was a real boost."
Scottish athletes supported through SportsAid Scotland at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio: Athletics: Chris Bennett, Andy Butchart, Eilidh Doyle, Mark Dry, Callum Hawkins, Derek Hawkins, Eilish McColgan, Chris O'Hare, Beth Potter, Lynsey Sharp, Stephanie Twell; Badminton: Kirsty Gilmour; Canoe Slalom: David Florence, Fiona Pennie; Cycling: Katie Archibald, Grant Ferguson, Callum Skinner; Diving: Grace Reid; Fencing: Richard Kruse; Golf: Catriona Matthew; Judo: Sally Conway; Rowing: Karen Bennett, Kath Grainger, Angus Groom, Heather Stanning; Sailing: Charlotte Dobson, Luke Patience; Shooting: Jennifer McIntosh; Swimming: Craig Benson, Camilla Hattersley, Stephen Milne, Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace.
100-Mile Challenge Scales New Heights
The only way is up for the 100-Mile Challenge. Mike Cadman and Sheila Williamson from Macclesfield have set the bar higher by climbing 4,165 metres to the top of Mount Toubkal in
Morocco as part of their challenge.
The pair, who have raised over £350, have reached 28 miles - most of them uphill - and the next part of their challenge takes them to the West Highland Way.
Can anyone top that? Take up the challenge and complete 100 miles by December 31 to support SportsAid Scotland.
Team Ashleybank Triumph
Andrew Stevenson's Team Ashleybank won the Peebles Cup at the SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic at a sunny Ratho Park by just two points from John Barry's Team ERM with a total stableford score of 120. Graham and Sibbald and Scottish Swimming, including Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, both finished with 115 points but Graham and Sibbald took third place on a better inward half.
Jamieson showed he can turn his hand to golf by winning the longest drive competition and former British Stroke Play champion Clare Queen, in the Scottish Golf team, won the ladies' longest drive.
Challenge Is On
SportsAid Scotland's 100-Mile Challenge is gathering momentum. York's Simon Woodward got on his bike and rode 81 miles in rural Perthshire and has just 19 miles to go and Freuchie's
Cameron Mackenzie reached 100 miles of walking - at the age of 86 - by completing seven miles in East Lothian. He has also undertaken a mile of swimming and has raised a total of more than
Denny sisters Sophie and Rebecca Ogilvie, British international canoeists, will take to the water to complete 100 miles and SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan has committted to the gruelling Seven Hills of Edinburgh Challenge in June as part of his challenge.
Sign up now for your own personal challenge (full details further down the page) and let us know what you are up to. Plenty of time left as challenge does not have to be completed until December 31, 2016.
Marathon Men Boosted by SportsAid Scotland
Brothers Derek and Callum Hawkins, both selected for the Olympic marathon in Rio, were given a helping hand by SportsAid Scotland.
Both have received bursaries through the Robertson Trust to help their training a preparation - Derek in 2011 and 2012 and Callum in 2015.
Scots were the first three Britons home in the London Marathon - Shettleston's Tsegai Tewelde split the brothers to finish second British athlete - as 23 year-old Callum finished eighth in a new personal best of 2:10.52 to guarantee his seat on the flight to Rio and Derek, 26, finishing 14th overall and a personal best inside the qualifying time.
"The last couple of miles I was really hurting and just tried to hold on," Callum said, "I think I got a slight negative split. I didn't even run with a watch, I was just running.
"My brother had his own plan. We train together, live in the same house. I'm chuffed for him - to be in the top three, take a minute off his PB and. get selection as well.
“Everyone went off very quickly but I felt good so I kept at that pace. I’m delighted. Rio was my main goal in this race – I didn’t care about the time so I’m delighted with my position and I ran a PB.”
The GB Olympic team is fast filling up with Scots, the marathon men named after eight Scots were confirmed in the swimming team for Rio. Craig Benson, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace and Camilla Hattersley have all been supported by SportsAid Scotland in the past.
Hattersley received her award through the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull, invaluable supporters of SportsAid Scotland, in 2012.
SportsAid Scotland 100-Mile Challenge 2016
We are looking for 100 participants of all ages to each raise £100.00 (or more!) in 2016 through going the extra mile for SportsAid Scotland. If we achieve our target, we will raise £10,000!
You will receive a technical t-shirt with your unique number (1-100) and, in Olympic year, the satisfaction of knowing you are helping future Olympians.
It is not as daunting as it sounds. It is up to you how tough or unique the challenge is, as long as 100 miles is covered.
You can run, walk, cycle, swim, row,canoe, ski, sail, golf, wheelchair - or a combination - and you have until December 31 to log the miles. It can be as little as two or three miles a week, whatever suits.
It can be done in races or in leisure time, over mountains, on roads, in the swimming pool or in open water - it is your challenge!
Register through JustGiving link https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/scottishsportsaid/challenge100
and then email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for your unique t-shirt. Then, just log your miles through I-phone, garmin, fitness app or pen and paper (!).
Keep us updated on your progress on Twitter and Facebook and let us know when you reach your target.
We are proud to report the progress of one of our supporters who is going the extra mile. See link below.
Isla Receives Funding Boost
Slalom canoeist Isla Kelly received a cheque for £500 from the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull to help her achieve her aim of competing in the World Junior Championships in Poland and the European Junior Championships in Slovenia later this year.
Isla, a member of the GB junior team, received her cheque from Ian Baird, the president of the rotary club.
The club made the presentation through SportsAid Scotland and we are grateful for their continued support of local athletes.
Josh and Jordyn Take the Honours
Athlete Josh Kerr and taekwondo expert Jordyn Smith scooped the main prizes at the Merit Awards 2015 reception in Edinburgh.
Josh, the European Under-20 1500m champion, was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year with Jordyn, European cadet Under-33kg champion and world bronze medallist, winning the Miquel Trophy for best developing talent.
Tennis player Anna Brogan, junior Wimbledon doubles' semi-finalist, judoka Stuart McWatt, European Open senior bronze medallist, and wheelchair racer Shelby Watson, world ranked number one in her age-group, also received awards.
SSAT Award Winners 2015
The short-list for the 2015 Merit Award winners has been drawn up with the presentation of the Scottish Junior Sportsperson Of The Year and Miquel Trophy taking place at a reception in Edinburgh on December 1.
The winners will be chosen from a short-list of:
Josh Kerr (Athletics)
Shelby Watson (Athletics)
Stuart McWatt (Judo)
Jordyn Smith (Taekwondo)
Anna Brogan (Tennis)
Congratulations to all and thanks to all the National Governing Bodies for their nominations in what was a stiff selection process
SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic, 29 May 2015
Nineteen teams competed in this year's annual Charity Golf Classic, which was held at the Marriott Dalmahoy Golf and Country Club, situated just outside Edinburgh. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all the competitors, with the course being in fine condition, and the catering excellent.
The event was won by a new team RW Bell Electrical from Pitlochry, captained by scratch golfer, Stephen Carruthers. They have vowed to return next year to defend the Peebles Cup, awarded to the winning team.
Our thanks go to all the competing teams, and to the organisations who generously donated the many prizes on offer, on the day.
Nick Kuenssberg wins the silent auction of two 4-day passes to the Ryder Cup.
SportsAid Scotland would like to congratulate Nick Kuenssberg for his successful bid for the two 4-day Season Passes to this year’s Ryder Cup kindly donated to us by Ryder Cup Europe and the European PGA Tour.
We believe Nick and his guest had a great time at Gleneagles, supporting the victorious Ryder Cup Europe team.
Congratulations to Kyle Hewitt and Leah Wilson, who both successfully completed the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 28 September as a fundraiser for SportsAid Scotland
Our thanks go to Kyle Hewitt and Leah Wilson who both ran this iconic event as a fundraiser for SportsAid Scotland. Their JustGiving pages are both still accepting donations, and we would encourage everyone to dig deep, in support of these runners.
Their JustGiving web-pages can be found at http://www.justgiving.com/KBH21
For more details of the event, see www.lochnessmarathon.com
SportsAid Scotland has supported 139 of the 310 athletes representing Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
SportsAid Scotland is delighted to announce that it has provided 233 awards totalling in excess of £200,000 to 139 of the 310 members of Team Scotland who represented Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The 139 athletes who have been supported by SportsAid Scotland represent well over half of the 233 athletes who competed at the Games in individual sports, which is where SportsAid Scotland's support is targeted.
SportsAid Scotland is proud to have played such an important role in helping so many members of Team Scotland, and in the success of the Scottish team at the Commonwealth Games.
London 2012 to Glasgow 2014 : 710 days running for Ewen !
Ewen Logie, a 33-year old dad of two from Stewarton, Ayrshire, was so inspired by the London Olympics that he set himself the challenge of undertaking 710 days of sporting activity between the end of London 2012 and the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 in order to raise funds for us. He successfully completed his amazing challenge, which you can read all about at www.justgiving.com/ewenlogie
All funds raised by Ewen are supporting SportsAid Scotland, so please go to Ewen's JustGiving page, and give generously !
Ultimo and Hamilton Gymnastic Club create 'human bra' in George Square to support SportsAid Scotland during the Commonwealth Games
Hamilton Gymnastic Club created a human bra in Glasgow City Centre last week in conjunction with underwear brand Ultimo. Scottish businesswoman Michelle Mone, who owns and runs Ultimo, wanted to create the dramatic spectacle in George Square in celebration of the Commonwealth Games, and to promote her pledge to donate £1 from every bra sale to SportsAid Scotland during the Games.
Michelle said: “As one of Scotland’s biggest brands, we wanted to do something extraordinary to celebrate the Commonwealth Games and the amazing human endeavour that will be on display in our home town.”
Michelle is keen to support Scottish sport, which is why she is making a donation to SportsAid Scotland during the Commonwealth Games.
SportsAid Scotland is thrilled that Michelle Mone and her brand, Ultimo, have pledged this contribution to us. SportsAid Scotland has supported 139 of the 310 athletes representing Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and it is exactly this type of support that makes it all possible.
Ronnie Sloan participates in the Queen's Baton Relay
Our Chairman, Ronnie Sloan, is very proud to have taken part in the Queen's Baton Relay. He ran his leg of the relay on Saturday 14 June at Leith Links in Edinburgh.
From the sublime to the ridiculous! - not content with his 200 yard stint in the Baton Relay, Ronnie also successfully undertook the 14.3 mile Seven Hills of Edinburgh
Challenge on Sunday 22 June. Please see https://www.justgiving.com/
SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic Friday 30 May 2014
Our annual Charity Golf Classic was held at the prestigious Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society in Edinburgh on Friday 30 May in glorious weather. The clubhouse provided its usual superb facilities, and the course was in excellent condition, in advance of hosting Regional Qualifying for The Open Championship.
16 teams took part, with each team consisting of four players. It was played as a stableford event, with the team prizes being decided by the aggregate of the team's 3 best stableford scores on each hole.
The winning team was entered by one of our long-time supporters, Ray Green. They triumphed by the narrowest of margins over the Sports Warehouse team who were seeking to win the event for the third time in succession. A further 3 shots behind, in third place, were one of several new teams to the event, Brooks Macdonald.
Ronnie Sloan, SportsAid Scotland's 70 year old Chairman ran the 2013 Loch Ness Marathon in support of SportsAid
Ten years after running his last marathon, our Chairman, Ronnie Sloan completed the horribly hilly Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 29 September 2013 in 4hrs 45mins, only 7.5% over his 4hr 25min target. Our congratulations go out to Ronnie. There is still time to donate, in recognition of this fantastic achievement, through Ronnie's Just Giving web page. Please see www.justgiving.com/RonnieSloan70 for more details.
Ronnie has just recently been featured by Just Giving as their 'Fundraiser of the Moment'. See http://blog.justgiving.com/fundraiser-of-the-moment-ronnie-sloan/ for more details.
If you’d like to follow in Ronnie’s footsteps, please email him at email@example.com for details of how to receive a free charity entry for this year’s Loch Ness Marathon on 28 September 2014.
SportsAid Scotland Junior Sportsperson of the Year Award 2013
SportsAid Scotland congratulates Allan Smith, the 21 year old high jumper from South Queensferry, who was presented with the award of the Junior Sportsperson of the Year at the Commonwealth Games Dinner held in Glasgow on Saturday 9 November 2013. Allan has had a great season, setting two Scottish native high jump records within a fortnight, and receiving his first senior international cap at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. He won both the Scottish Universities and Scottish National Championships, and then he took the silver medal at the British Championships. He continued his progress outdoors by winning the Scottish National title, taking silver at the England Athletics U23 championships, and winning a fantastic bronze medal at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Finland with a new PB of 2.26m. His season came to a great climax when he was invited to compete in the Anniversary Games in London, as part of the IAAF Diamond League series, where he finished in 7th place. Allan has already been selected to compete for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, and we will be cheering him on in his quest to win a medal for himself, and for Scotland.
The Miquel Trophy
William Bosi, the 14 year old sport rock climber from Edinburgh, was also honoured at the Commonwealth Games Dinner by being presented with the Miquel Trophy, awarded to the person selected as the most improved young sportsperson of 2013. William is a member of the GB Junior Lead and Bouldering Team, and he has twice finished runner-up this season in International (IFSC) Youth Cup Competitions, held in Edinburgh and in Norway. He also finished in 3rd place in the Bouldering discipline at the European Youth Cup in Laval, France. He finished the season in 2nd place overall in the European Youth Cup 2013, and is currently world ranked No.2 at the Lead Climbing discipline and 11th at Bouldering.
Allan and William were selected from the following five sports stars who were chosen as the SportsAid Scotland Merit Award Winners for 2013, due to their outstanding results during the year. The Merit Award winners were:-
Katie Archibald, track cyclist
William Bosi, sport rock climber
Andrew Mullen, paralympic swimmer
Allan Smith, high jumper
Kathryn Thomson, short track speed skater
SportsAid’s patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – inspiring a generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy welcomed the patronage by saying, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”
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